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PowerFX Pulls the Curtain, Presents Vocaloid 4 Ruby

PowerFX Pulls the Curtain, Presents Vocaloid 4 Ruby

Without much fanfare, not even a tweet on their official twitter, PowerFX has released Vocaloid 4. In a surprise turn of events on the official product listing and latest demo by VocaloidMaster (embedded below) there is no official character artwork. Instead, they feature a set of stage curtains being drawn and the text “Presenting Ruby”.

This strange release decision is likely related to the controversy previously covered in Behind the Scenes: PowerFX & Vocaloid 4 Ruby. With so much furor and pushback over the AnimeExpo reveal event’s character art PowerFX may have chosen to sidestep the controversy by not including anything whatsoever. Its unclear whether the software splash is similarly art-less as none of the Engloids.Info staff have purchased the product yet.

On Twitter Ruby’s Lead Developer Syo released a custom dictionary using Ruby’s new phonemes. As always it is probably better to avoid the dictionary pronunciations when possible but without much documentation on the new phonemes added in Vocaloid 4 this should help new and veteran users alike.

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V4 Ruby Delayed, To Be Released “Soon”. Physical Edition Confirmed to Follow.

V4 Ruby Delayed, To Be Released “Soon”. Physical Edition Confirmed to Follow.

Vocaloid Ruby, previously confirmed for release today[1] has been delayed. Release date is still unconfirmed but she is expected to release “any day within the next 10 days” according to the most recent tweet by Ruby’s Developer Syo. Beyond disclosing the most recent release info Syo also confirmed that a physical release is planned, but there would be some trailing time for physical production to ramp up.

The cause for Ruby’s delays are unknown, but knowing the history of botched Engloid launches I wouldn’t be suprised if Yamaha was somehow involved. Best guess is it is somehow related to Shūbun no Hi[2], the Autumnal Equinox Day, a public holiday in Japan. Its a bit unfortunate that the release dates aligned as such, but the delay doesn’t seem to be related to the voicebank itself so it shouldn’t be a cause for too much worry.

This article will be updated as additional details come in. A new post will be with Ruby release and how to buy her.

Sources:
[1] – 18 Sep 2015 Tweet by @Price_Syo
[2] – Autumnal Equinox Day via Wikipedia

Behind the Scenes: PowerFX & Vocaloid 4 Ruby

Behind the Scenes: PowerFX & Vocaloid 4 Ruby

There has been a bit of a media blackout concerning Vocaloid Ruby here at Engloids.Info, part of it was because most of the ongoing reports and ‘leaks’ in Ruby’s production were of questionable vivacity. It wasn’t until AnimeExpo and the 4th of July reveal event that we were able to get the first official word on the finalized details besides the name “Ruby”, an event that surprised many and lead to much confusion within the Vocaloid community.

There was a lot of fragmented information and conjecture involved in piecing it together; ultimately this article is the result of our findings.

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Note: information in this article is sourced from a variety of sources including, but not limited to, official VocaloidOtaku posts, official social media, and interviews & emails with those involved. 

Special thanks to @agatechlo who provided the featured image photo.

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